I Padrini’s ‘An Evening Under the Stars’ Nets $175,000 in support of Kinship Center-Canyon Acres and Speech and Language Development Center

More than 350 guests attend annual fundraiser sponsored by I Padrini di Antonello

I Padrini di Antonello, a philanthropic group committed to supporting children’s causes in Orange County, happily announced that the 8th annual ‘An Evening Under the Stars’ fundraiser netted over  $175,000.  More than 350 guests attended the event on Sunday, October 6h at Antonello Ristorante at South Coast Plaza Village.

Proceeds will benefit Kinship Center-Canyon Acres, a nonprofit agency that creates and supports permanent families for children, and Speech and Language Development Center (SLDC), a school and therapy center for children and young adults with special needs and other children’s charities sponsored by I Padrini di Antonello. In addition, every year at the event I Padrini honors individuals with its Shining Star award for philanthropic efforts in the community.  This year’s recipients were distinguished Orange County benefactors S. Paul and Marybelle Musco.

Highlights of the event included a fabulous dinner of short ribs, paired with exquisite wines, and dancing under the stars to the sounds of Tino and his band.  Top auction items included a four-day, eight-person, private-wine tour of Napa, an exclusive Mammoth Resort Stay and wine lots including limited release wines.  As a special touch, the auctioned-off centerpieces included magnum bottles of wine featuring label artwork designed by children helped by the charity beneficiaries.

Erin Lastinger of the A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation and Windell Stout, President of I Padrini, co-chaired the event.  Event sponsors included Gemini Industries, TROY Group Inc., Harker, Campbell & Sage, LLP, Marconi Foundation for Kids, CommerceWest Bank, A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, California Sunset Escrow and Antonello Ristorante.  Honored guests included The Honorable Kris Murray, Council Member, City of Anaheim, Former Mayor of Costa Mesa, the Honorable Peter Buffa, Former Mayor of Newport Beach, the Honorable Evelyn Hart, Former State Senator & Secretary of Education, the Honorable Marian Bergeson, and previous Shining Star award recipients, Jim and Ilene Harker, Antonio Cagnolo, and Dick Marconi.

A special thank you to I Padrni and all our friends and supporters who helped make this event a great success!

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